December 2019 Newsletter

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Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tooltips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and beyond. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients are search­ing for in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthu­si­ast.

Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet, have been com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing our stu­dents and fans since we start­ed our flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

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Winter White Flowers

Hydrangeas and Ranun­cu­lus blooms make up this sim­ple vase design that is great for a win­ter white flo­ral dis­play. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

December 2018 News

Last Minute Holiday Gifts — Ideas for the Flower Lover

Fun Etching Flower-Themed Book  — Available Online or in Stores

Scratch away the lines in Art­ful Etch­ing: Mid­night Gar­den to reveal the col­or­ful flo­ra and fau­na hid­den in the dark­ness. Etch the ten scenes in the book using the includ­ed tool to reveal col­or­ful ani­mals and flow­ers, result­ing in gor­geous art­works. All the etch­ing pages have out­lines to fol­low, and it’s up to you to decide how much detail to reveal! An intro­duc­to­ry sec­tion describes how to etch the scenes for the best results, and exam­ples of fin­ished pieces are includ­ed for ref­er­ence.

Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden —

Here’s the dirt on win­dowsill gar­den­ing: All you need is this mason jar kit, a lit­tle water, and a sun­ny spot to grow per­fect pan­sies, zin­nias, or Eng­lish daisies with­out soil. The charm­ing­ly pack­aged kit lets you grow beau­ti­ful, edi­ble blooms indoors year-round with no replant­i­ng and min­i­mal main­te­nance. The reusable, vin­tage-inspired laven­der jar is equipped with a pas­sive hydro­pon­ic “wick­ing” sys­tem, which brings water and nutri­ents up to the plant’s roots and pro­tects your flow­ers from over or under-water­ing. It’s a great, green gift for aspir­ing gar­den­ers, home chefs, and apart­ment dwellers. Designed by Sarah Bur­rows and Nick Behr; assem­bled in Illi­nois.

Soap Petals — World Market

Our del­i­cate soap petals come in the shape of real­is­tic rose­buds. Place in your favorite dish or apothe­cary jar to fra­grance your bath­room, or use a few petals for sin­gle-use hand wash­ing.

Copper Geo Terrarium — World Market

With panes of glass set against a met­al frame, the faceted cop­per ter­rar­i­um is an eye-catch­ing dis­play case or home for your ter­rar­i­um plant. Use moss filler and white ledge rocks for added nat­ur­al appeal.

Flower Pot Bread Making Kit — Terrain

Recre­ate your favorite bread from ter­rain’s Gar­den Cafe with this clever kit, which includes four ter­ra­cot­ta bak­ing pots plus the dry ingre­di­ents to make our flower pot bread and laven­der but­ter.

- A ter­rain exclu­sive
— Kit includes 4 ter­ra­cot­ta bak­ing pots and dry ingre­di­ents
— Ingre­di­ents: wheat flour, gran­u­lat­ed sug­ar, coarse salt, yeast, laven­der
— Addi­tion­al items required: but­ter, parch­ment paper
— Bak­ing time: 45 min­utes
— Full instruc­tions may be found at
— Makes 4 bread pots
— Veg­e­tar­i­an

Edible Organic Flower Petals — Terrain

Pack­aged in small batch­es on the island of Nan­tuck­et by Fare Isle founder Kaity and her hus­band Jacob, these organ­ic flower petals are per­fect to freeze into ice cubes, use in cake dec­o­rat­ing, fin­ish cock­tail rims, infuse into salt and tea blends, and added to smooth­ies.

Chinoiserie Vases — Terrain

An updat­ed ver­sion of tra­di­tion­al Chi­nese ves­sels, these curved vas­es fea­ture lush blue flo­ral pat­terns that will add depth to any set­ting.

Small: 4.75”H, 6.25”W, 4” base diam­e­ter, 1.88” open­ing
Large: 9.5”H, 6.5”W, 3” base diam­e­ter, 2.25” open­ing

Wildflower Mug

This old-fash­ioned steel mug with an enam­el fin­ish fea­tures col­or­ful illus­tra­tions of wild­flow­ers in every shape and size.

This Month’s Free Online Floral Class

Free Class of the Month — Holiday Gift Boxes

Check out how to make cute gift box­es! These have been our hottest cor­po­rate hol­i­day par­ty design this sea­son!

This is part of our ongo­ing Flower Arrang­ing Fri­day series you can sub­scribe to for a low month­ly fee! You’ll receive down­loads of the sup­plies used in each class, step-by-step video instruc­tion and lots of tips along the way!

A Full Bouquet of Lessons one Stem-At-A-Time

Our Flower Arrang­ing Fri­days series is a per­fect­ly-sized approach to learn­ing the art of flo­ral design. With each mini-class, we’ll show you a tru­ly use­ful flo­ral design tech­nique in a cur­rent event flo­ral design style. This class series will keep you won­der­ing what we’ll show you next!

As part of each class, you’ll receive: 
1. A down­load­able PDF list of sup­plies includ­ing the flower recipe.

2. Easy-to-fol­low mini video lessons so you’ll nev­er have to rewind the video to see a step again.

3. Tips and florist secrets to help you be a suc­cess­ful flo­ral arranger!

Free Class Signup

Brexit & The Dutch Auction

Last month I read an inter­est­ing arti­cle about how Brex­it will affect the local florist inside the UK: Brex­it Could Leave Wed­ding Bou­quets Stuck at the Bor­der: From green­hous­es in Kenya to auc­tion hous­es in the Nether­lands to florists in Lon­don, the ship­ment of flow­ers high­lights Brexit’s poten­tial dis­rup­tion to trade.

The arti­cle talks about how British florists enjoy easy ship­ping imports of flow­ers from around the world via the largest flo­ral auc­tion in the world which is locat­ed in The Nether­lands. Since the vote to leave the Euro­pean Union, there is a lot of uncer­tain­ty and florists state that peo­ple are scared so they are not spend­ing as much on flow­ers. The flo­ral trade has been hurt by this vote and will con­tin­ue to be hurt if Britain is treat­ed as an import­ing coun­try.

The arti­cle quote states: “The Dutch Flower Group imports some 350 mil­lion euros a year (about $400 mil­lion) into the Unit­ed King­dom, rough­ly half from the Nether­lands. In recent months, the company’s chief finan­cial offi­cer, Har­ry Brock­hoff, has met with British and Euro­pean offi­cials to urge them to main­tain the sta­tus quo. If Britain hangs on to Euro­pean rules, he argues, then flow­ers cross­ing the chan­nel should require no addi­tion­al checks. If it doesn’t, the British gov­ern­ment will need to rebuild the capac­i­ty it had before it entered what is now known as the Euro­pean Union in 1973, resum­ing its own cus­toms and so-called phy­tosan­i­tary checks of the flow­ers.”

Bot­tom line, the worst that could hap­pen is the free-flow of flow­ers from the Dutch Auc­tion into the UK will go back to hav­ing flow­ers import­ed and inspect­ed at the port of entry. In the Unit­ed States, we deal with this often. Some­times it means a type of flower will be stopped at the port of entry. We may not get a load of Bru­nia in Mia­mi because it does not pass inspec­tion. All the more rea­son to use flow­ers that are local­ly grown as often as pos­si­ble and to have a back­up plan for the local­ly grown sub­sti­tute if the import­ed flow­ers don’t make it into the coun­try. It’s easy for us to say since we are sur­round­ed by many won­der­ful farms in Cal­i­for­nia.

Slow Flowers Summit — Early Bird Pricing

Join With Other Thinkers, Makers & Doers RSVP and Grab Your Ticket SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT 2019

Early Bird Ticket Pricing Closes Dec. 31st

Slow Flowers Summit 2018

Here is a small gallery from the 2018 Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit where Casey and I were speak­ers. We are pic­tured with Mud Baron’s Flow­ers on our Heads in the low­er left frame.

As past Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit speak­ers (2018 Wash­ing­ton D.C.), we are pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers of the Slow Flow­ers Move­ment and we want you to know about a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty to take your seat at the 2019 Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit with a $100 dis­count price if you reg­is­ter before Dec. 31st, 2019. The Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit is a “Ted Talk for Flower Lovers,” and it takes place July 1 & 2 in 2019 in St. Paul Min­neso­ta. More details here: You’re Invit­ed

The Slow Flow­ers Summit’s Goal is to:


Join flower lovers like your­self on July 1 & 2, 2019, and be part of this com­pelling and pro­found expe­ri­ence with kin­dred spir­its in the pro­gres­sive flo­ral mar­ket­place

Your Tick­et Includes:

  • All-Day Mon­day, July 1st Pro­gram with 5 Pre­sen­ta­tions  + 10 Fab­u­lous Speak­ers
  • Light Break­fast, Lunch and Evening Cock­tail Recep­tion
  • Flo­ral Design Demon­stra­tions
  • Inter­ac­tive Flo­ral Instal­la­tion
  • Author Book-Sign­ings
  • Cool Swag
  • Tues­day Morn­ing, July 2nd Pro­gram at Twin Cities Flower Exchange
  • Light Break­fast + Cof­fee
  • Tour, Meet the Flower Farm­ers
  • Design­er Shop­ping Ses­sion + Demo
  • Option­al Round-Table Box Lunch Ses­sion

Reg­is­tra­tion link:

Tulip as a Building?

Tulip Building

A ren­der­ing of the Lon­don Sky­line with “The Tulip”.
Pho­to: Cour­tesy of DBOX for Fos­ter and Part­ners

From — “Like the Free­dom Tow­er did for New York City and the Ori­en­tal Pearl Tow­er did for Shang­hai, a new build­ing might soon change the Lon­don sky­line for­ev­er. British archi­tec­tur­al firm Fos­ter + Part­ners have sub­mit­ted a plan for a 1,000-foot tall sky­scraper with a 360-degree view of the city. Named “The Tulip” because of its flo­ral struc­ture, it would sit next to The Gherkin, also known as 30 St Mary Axe, anoth­er famous Lon­don struc­ture by the same design­ers.”

Flower Book Review

Flower Book Recommendations — Gifts for the Season Ideas

The Flower Gar­den — Paper­scapes, A Col­lec­tion of Flow­ers that Trans­forms into a Work of Art by Michael Scott

The botany book that trans­forms into a beau­ti­ful bou­quet!

A beau­ti­ful bou­quet for your book­shelf is wait­ing to burst forth! More than 50 flow­ers will delight you in this unique book that trans­forms into art. View each vari­ety in relief as you read the key char­ac­ter­is­tics of the species, described by an expert botanist. You’ll find both well-known and exot­ic spec­i­mens from around the globe! Once the paper press-outs are com­plete, you’ll have a botan­i­cal scene wor­thy of dis­play on your book­shelf as an art piece. Makes a love­ly gift for gar­den­ers and art lovers alike.

Kids: — The For­ev­er Gar­den by Lau­rel Sny­der & Saman­tha Cot­ter­ill

From Ama­zon: “Every day, Hon­ey tends her gar­den, thin­ning the let­tuces, pulling up beets, and even singing to the kale. (Hon­ey says if you lis­ten care­ful­ly, you can hear the kale singing back!) Lau­rel, the lit­tle girl who lives next door, likes to help, weed­ing the rows, wash­ing veg­eta­bles under the pump, and gath­er­ing speck­led eggs from the chick­en coop. But one day there is a FOR SALE sign in Honey’s front yard. Honey’s moth­er is sick, and she is mov­ing away! What will hap­pen to Honey’s gar­den? And what will Lau­rel do with­out her friend? Here is a touch­ing sto­ry that beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trates how friendship—just like a garden—grows.”

2019 Flower Design Classes

Organic Containers Workshop

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 7, 2019 – Wreaths!

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 23, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library

Reg­is­ter for these class­es through

  • Jan­u­ary 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — Ros­es

More in 2019 in the fall!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!

Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!